, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 5 – Duma Group Limited, a Kilifi based mining firm, has launched an innovative 50kg sand and ballast premix pack.
The Duma Premix pack to be available in local hardware and supermarket stores is a ready to use mixture of Duma Polyhedric Ballast and Duma Quarry Sand mined by the firm at its quarries in Jaribuni, Ganze.
The ready to use packs targeted at the growing domestic consumer market have, have been formulated to provide a strong and solid concrete mix for small to medium construction projects.
By simply mixing five Duma Premix packs to 1 bag of cement and 20 litres of water, consumers will instantly manage to prepare solid mortar minimising the risks of cracks and building collapse.
Speaking during the launch of Duma Premix and related products at a Nairobi hotel at the weekend, Duma Group CEO Naja Dahmani, said the new product has been developed to meet the growing consumer needs in the fast growing building and construction sector.
The product, she added has also been developed to promote environmental conservation by curbing use of yellow river as part of the Vision 2030 national development goals.
“Having registered an overall economic growth of 4.8pc last year, compared to a growth of 4.3pc in 2011, the building and construction sector has been steadily growing and in turn providing a ready market for innovative products such as Duma Premix,” Dahmani explained.
“The new range of Duma products formulated with the Duma Polyhedric ballast made from premium quality crushed stone is evenly shaped, consistent in size and achieves a strong and durable concrete setting with 20pc less cement.”
The use of Duma Quarry Sand in the formulation of Duma Premix eliminates the need for yellow river sand, effectively helping protect the environment and save costs.
As a key building and construction input, yellow river sand routinely harvested along riverbeds contributes to rapid environmental degradation. To address such environmental challenges, Duma Group has invested heavily in a state of the art crushing plant that produces 0-6mm Duma Quarry sand consisting of small, crushed stones with exceptional purity.
Alongside Duma Premix, the firm has also launched the Duma Polyhedric Ballast and Duma Quarry Sand packed in 50kg bags for the local market.
Within the same period, the vibrancy of the building and construction market is confirmed by the level of loans and advances to the sector which grew by 36.2 per cent from Sh50.8 billion in 2011, to Sh69.2 billion in 2012.